We try not to keep a lot of secrets about the Smokies, so we decided to share some information about a favorite place to visit in the area. Step away from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge attractions, and you will see why so many people enjoy spending time in Wears Valley. The quiet atmosphere and quaint shops are a relaxing getaway from the busy Parkway for many families. We have come up with a few reasons why the Wears Valley area is the Smokies’ best kept secret.
As you drive down Wears Valley Road, you will notice a clear view of the mountains. After a rainy day, the drive shows visitors the foggy smoke that hovers over the mountaintops. If you continue down Wears Valley Road, you will wind through the mountains and experience a scenic drive that will take you on a tour through the majestic mountains.
Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster
Another Wears Valley treasure is the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. The Alpine Coaster is becoming one of the most popular Pigeon Forge attractions for visitors and locals. The coaster takes riders up the mountainside and allows them to control their speed as they come down the mountain at up to 25 m.p.h. The Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster can operate in rain or sunshine, so it’s a fun activity no matter the weather!
Goats on the Roof
Have you ever seen goats on the roof? When you visit Wears Valley, you can visit a unique souvenir shop, Goats on the Roof. At Goats on the Roof, you will really see goats on the roof. You can purchase some inexpensive food and, from inside, you can feed the goats by bicycling and sending the food to them.
Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop
Make sure to make a stop at Cakes by Bakin’ Bishop on your way through the mountains. The family friendly bakery has the best cinnamon rolls in the area that pair well with a hot cup of coffee. Take your family for an afternoon cupcake and have a seat on the patio outside, to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Smokies while you snack on a yummy treat.
Check out Visit My Smokies’ website for information about all of the Pigeon Forge attractions and things to do in the area. See you in the Smoky Mountains!